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VEISHEA Done for This Year

This year’s Veishea celebration at Iowa State University has been cut short following overnight violence in Ames.  

That’s the decision from Iowa State University President Steven Leath, after students and others flipped over cars and threw rocks and beer cans at police in Campustown. One student was badly injured when a light pole was knocked over on top of him. In past years, violence during Veishea was blamed on non-students. But, Leath said it appears ISU students were primarily at fault. Leath said he’ll appoint a task force this week to help determine if Veishea will carry on in future years. Continue Reading

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Veishea Celebration Cut Short Due to Violence

This year’s Veishea celebration at Iowa State University has been cut short following overnight violence in Ames. That’s the decision from Iowa State University President Steven Leath after students and others flipped over cars and threw rocks and beer cans at police in Campustown. One student was badly injured when a light pole was knocked over on top of him. “It’s with mixed feelings and a heavy heart that I’ve decided to suspend the remainder of this Veishea starting at 5 o’clock tonight,” Leath said at a news conference. “So, it’s done.” Continue Reading

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Keokuk Teens Flown to Hospital After Crash

Two teenagers from Keokuk were both seriously injured in a car crash Monday night in Hancock County. The driver, 18-year-old Casey Icenogle lost control on County Road 96 and hit a gas meter attached to a house as well as a mailbox. The passenger was 18-year-old Darren Bradley. They were both airlifted to hospitals in Quincy and Iowa City. The Hancock County Sheriff says one was released from the hospital today. Continue Reading

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Gov. Ready for Med MJ Bill?

Governor Terry Branstad is giving his first indication that he would be open to signing a limited medical marijuana bill into law this legislative session.  

Branstad recently met with parents who want to use an oil derived from marijuana to help their children who have seizures. Branstad, a Republican, says he’s talked with the governor of Utah, who approved such a law. Branstad made the comments during Monday’s “River to River” show on Iowa Public Radio. Branstad says the Utah and Alabama laws relate to a non-hallucinogenic oil extracted from cannabis, and are very limited. Continue Reading

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Deja Vu: Riot Mars VEISHEA

There is much speculation that the overnight violence at Iowa State University will spell the end of the long-running annual VEISHEA celebration, which got underway on Monday.  

Ames police Commander Geoff Huff says the problems started just before midnight with a crowd that was getting out of control at a party in the Campustown area on Hunt Street. ¬†After a car was overturned, more officers were dispatched to try and dispurse the crowd but it only grew and became more violent. Several injuries are reported, including one young man who was seriously hurt when a broken light standard hit him in the head. The unidentified man was taken to an Ames hospital, then lifeflighted to a Des Moines hospital for treatment of his injuries. Continue Reading

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Keokuk Woman Arrested for Drug House

Another drug related arrest has been made in Keokuk by Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force. 32-year-old Amanda Bollin of 3806 Main Street in Keokuk was arrested at her home and charged with Maintaining a Drug House and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If convicted of both charges she faces a little more than 2 years in prison. Continue Reading

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Young Galesburg Person Injured While Drunk Driving

One Galesburg person was injured in a car accident Friday in Warren County. 21-year-old Tanner Adams was eastbound on 180th Avenue when he crossed over the center line and entered the south ditch. When his car hit the ditch, it rolled several times, struck a power pole, and came to rest on it’s top in an open field. Adams was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to OSF St. Continue Reading

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Eight Hancock County Meth Arrests

Eight people were arrested in Hancock County yesterday on meth related charges. The first two arrested were 31-year-old Willie Boyer of Niota and 27-year-old Jared Schiedel of Donnellson. Both were charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth. They are expected to make their first court appearance Monday. Deputies also arrested 37-year-old Rodney Monroe of Niota at 507 Arbor Street Niota. Continue Reading

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Keokuk Woman Could Face 53 Years in Prison

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Keokuk woman on charges involving two different illegal-to-sell substances. 28-year-old Kristine Forsythe faces counts of Possession of Meth, Conspiracy to Manufacture more than 5 Grams of Meth in the Presence of a Minor, and within 1,000 Feet of a Public Park, Possession of Hydrocodone with Intent to Deliver withing 1,000 Feet of a Park, Maintaining a Drug House, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If convicted of all charges, she could be sentenced to more than 53 years in prison. Continue Reading